“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lee’s Position

Lee's Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
1. Lee's Position Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  From this hill (now called Lee’s Hill) a little to the east, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee watched the First Battle of Fredericksburg. As armies prepared for combat, Lee commented that “It is well that war is so terrible—we should grow too fond of it.” On 13 Dec. 1862, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside ordered an assault against the Confederate position. The Confederates withstood the attack, which lasted until dark, slaughtered the Federals with artillery and small-arms fire. Two days later the defeated Union army retreated across the Rappahannock River.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-43.)
Location. 38° 17.084′ N, 77° 28.761′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Lafayette Boulevard half a mile south of Blue and Gray Parkway (Virginia Route 3), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout
Marker along Lafayette Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
2. Marker along Lafayette Boulevard
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pioneers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Command Post (approx. 0.2 miles away); Near Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Lee Drive: The Confederate Line (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lee and Howison's Hills Virtual Tour by Markers.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,501 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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